NASA and the Government of Japan have agreed to build together the lunar Gateway, a Moon-orbiting outpost to be used for commercial and international partners. The Gateway plays an important role in the Artemis Program.
The agreement is designed to enhance efforts to bring international partners into lunar exploration and the missions to Mars as part of the Artemis program.
Japan is expected to provide capability for Gateway’s International Habitation module (I-Hab), which will bring life support capabilities to the Gateway.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will contribute I-Hab’s systems including environmental control and life support system, thermal control, batteries and imagery components. The elements will be integrated into the module by the European Space Agency.
“We’re honored to announce this latest agreement with Japan to support long-term human exploration on and around the Moon as part of the Artemis program,” said Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator. “Strengthening our international partnerships and commitments to Artemis puts humanity on a solid path to achieve our common goals of sustainable lunar exploration by the end of this decade.”